Oliver Stone’s drug cartel drama “Savages” continues to build an impressive cast, with Emile Hirsch the latest to jump on board, according to Variety. Hirsch will join a cast that already includes Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman and John Travolta.
Based on the best-selling novel by Don Winslow and co-written by the author himself and Shane Salerno, the story revolves around Johnson and Kitch’s Ben and Chon, a pair of best friends and pot dealers who grow such valuable weed that Hayek’s Mexican drug trade queen Elena wants them to work for her. When they refuse, Del Toro’s brutal enforcer Lado is unleashed and kidnaps Lively as O, the free-spirited girlfriend shared by both boys. Thurman is on board as Lively’s flighty mother and Travolta as a former DEA agent and Ben and Chon’s informant. There is no solid word as to Hirsch’s role, though Spin, Ben’s “money guy”, is a possibility. If so, he will be significantly aged down from the over-the-hill forty-three year old as written in the novel.
Hirch is considered one of his generation’s finest actors, and came thisclose to landing an Oscar nomination for his revelatory turn as real life adventurer Chris McCandless in Sean Penn’s 2007 “Into the Wild”. He is currently filming indie thriller “The Motel Life” opposite Stephen Dorff and Dakota Fanning and will next be seen in alien invasion actioner “The Darkest Hour” opposite Olivia Thirlby.